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March 2020

Kia ora koutou, 

The world we work in has changed radically since our last newsletter. While some of us will be busy with 'business as usual' others will be adjusting to working from home and many of our upcoming programmes of work including events, checkpoints may need to be postponed. No doubt our skills in community engagement and social messaging will be in demand during the next few weeks and months.

It is with regret that we postpone our Professional Development Workshop, your safety and well-being is of utmost importance and we look forward to working with Waka Kotahi to bring it to you at a later date.

Keep safe and healthy.

Nga Mihi nui - your executive.

Cycle Safety Campaign

Here’s a campaign AT did recently to encourage drivers to look out for bikes. They associated looking with indicating so the indicator could be a prompt/anchor for looking for bikes. Media used included:
  • radio
  • outdoor posters 
  • social media
Please get in touch with Marrisa at AT for more information.

Professional Development

Please check if any planned professional development courses are going ahead.

SASTA professional development workshop
Our workshop has been cancelled due to the Covid-19. Both the executive and NZTA are committed to providing this event when it is safer to do so.

2 Walk 2 Cycle

Location – Dunedin
Date – Tuesday 15th - Friday 18 September 2020
Theme - Everybody's Business

For more information 

Australian Road Safety Conference 2020

Location – Melbourne Australia
Date – Wednesday 16 – Friday 18 September 2020
Theme - Towards Zero – A Fresh Approach

Call for abstracts open now

IAP2 Australasia Certificate - Certificate in Engagement

Released in 2014, the Certificate in Engagement was developed to bring an Australian and New Zealand context to community and stakeholder engagement training.  
Find out more here

Social Media Updates

Last year we had a presentation from Krystal Field on social media us - there is updated data available - click on the image below to see the slide show.

Use of the Safer journeys logo moving forward

To note – Rachel from the national advertising team said our national advertising will not be using the Road to Zero logo as it does not have its own landing page and therefore gives no identification as to who the advertiser is. If you search for Road to Zero you go through to the MoT site, which is misleading from an advertising perspective.
Safer Journeys did have its own site, and clearly linked the advertising programme through to the NZTA website. Under the ASA Codes of Practice every advertiser is required to identify themselves, and the Road to Zero logo does not do that for us unfortunately. Consequently we’ll be using the NZTA logo from now on.
If you plan to use the Road to Zero Logo  you will also need to use your own logo to identify the Council as the advertiser.

Accessible Streets Public Consultation

To increase the safety and accessibility of our footpaths and streets, and encourage active modes of transport, the Government is seeking public feedback on the 'Accessible Streets' rules package.

The package proposes a number of new rules to respond to the rise of micro-mobility devices like e-scooters. Rule changes are also proposed to improve the safety and efficiency of active transport modes and buses.

Accessible Streets proposes new rules that would require anyone riding a device on the footpath to give way to pedestrians, to not exceed a speed limit of 15km/h, and for the device to be no wider than 75cm.

After consulting with their local community, local authorities would be able to reduce the maximum footpath speed limit and restrict which devices can use areas of footpaths, such as during busy times or in high pedestrian areas. 

Accessible Streets also proposes that bicycles would be able to use the footpath under these conditions. This is primarily aimed at allowing children to cycle on the footpath.

The Government is also seeking feedback on a number of other rule changes aimed at making streets safer for vulnerable users. This includes requiring a minimum overtaking gap when passing vulnerable road users like cyclists, horse riders, or those walking on roads without footpaths. The proposed rule is for a one metre minimum passing gap for vehicles when the speed limit is 60km/h or less and 1.5 metres when the speed limit is over 60km/h.

Other proposed changes include:

  • Allowing e-scooters to use cycle lanes and cycle paths;
  • Giving buses priority when existing bus stops on roads with a speed limit of 60km/h or less;
  • Clarifying road controlling authority powers in relation to parking on berms;
  • Categorising vehicles to reflect changes in technology;
  • Improving the safety of people walking, cycling and using micro mobility devices by making several give way rule changes.

Public consultation for the Accessible Streets rules package is being hosted by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency. 

The consultation document, FAQs and further information on how to make a submission can be found on the Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency website: link)

The consultation will be open from 9 March to 22 April 2020.

Feedback gained from the consultation will inform development of any final rule changes later in 2020. 

Draft Government Policy Statement on land transport 2021

The draft GPS 2021 has been released for public consultation, you can find it here.

Road Safety Week 2020

4 - 10 May 2020 - Theme: Step Up for Safe Streets
Brake have kept the theme broad, to enable organisations/communities to focus on whichever road safety issues are most important to them at that time, and to hopefully enable you to link any other campaigns you have in progress to Road Safety Week as well. 
website  is currently being updated with details for 2020. You can register now for an action pack, to keep up-to-date with messaging for the week, receive the free resources in the electronic action pack, and see what organisations/communities in your area are receiving support for their activities during the week. 

Executive Meetings

The Executive has monthly teleconferences on the last Thursday of each month and meets at least once once a year for a face-to-face meeting in Wellington (this year this was on the 20th and 21st of February hosted by LGNZ) .

More details will be available in the meeting minutes which are available from your regional executive member. Please get in touch with us if you have any issues that need to be raised at one of our meetings.

Thank you to those of our members who have put their hands up to assist the executive with various tasks. 

Your Executive:

SASTA E-newsletters

Our E-newsletters will continue to be delivered monthly in this E-newsletter/online format. This makes it easier for us to provide links with online content and our new website. Thank you to those who contributed, we’re proud to support your work and spread the word about your achievements. Keep those stories coming to your regional representative especially items on sustainable transport.

More American Pedestrians Are Dying Than in Past 30 Years - The Washington Post (check out the video if you don't want to subscribe) 
The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations - City Lab 
What Happened After Market Street Went Car-Free - City Lab 
The New Age of Freeway Revolts - City Lab 
Lime pulls escooters and Uber suspends pooled rides to help contain coronavirus - Venture Beat 
Electric scooters to get green light to go on Britain's public roads - The Guardian 
How to Start Biking During COVID-19 - Trans Alt 
European commuters still choose cars and congestion over public transport - The Guardian 
In the CBD, cars and people shouldn't mix - ARRB


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